If you’re wondering who Adam is, you are not a fan of American Idol. Over 80 million people are. Or at least, that’s the number of people who voted for a contestant last week. I am a fan of Adam. Adam is an amazingly talented singer and one of the contestants this year on the program. Are you wondering what this all has to do with business? You control who wins the show. That’s just like it is in business.
If you think only teeny boppers are fans of American Idol, guess again. Even my husband is a big fan. Just so you know, this show really is fun to watch. I don’t watch the early shows where they embarrass people who think they can sing. I’m not one to watch car wrecks and that’s what the early shows are like.
I enjoy the great singing. Adam is an amazing singer, he’s genuinely nice and he deserves to win. If you’ve seen his performances on YouTube, you just might agree with me. My husband even showed me an interview with his mom on Mother’s Day on a San Diego television station. What made it so nice? His mom and he were so down to earth and you could tell that they genuinely enjoyed each other’s company. Even the interviewer said, “I want to be part of your family. You are both so nice.”
So here’s a talented and nice kid. He deserves to win the contest. Yet, this talented singer might not win. Did you know, that just a few weeks ago Adam was in the bottom three of the voting results? That meant that people didn’t vote for him despite his talent and charm. This last week was the week to determine the finals. Danny Gokey, another enormously talented singer and nice guy, was the other contestant that most people thought would make the finals. In the show that Adam was voted in the bottom three contestants, my husband and I decided that we needed to vote for Adam. We had not voted before. This time we did. I voted by phone ( a lot and I won’t tell you how much!)
When the finalists were announced, Danny didn’t make it. Adam did. Danny had never been in the bottom three on any show. Adam had been. When I watched the show and learned that Adam was in the finals, I was relieved. I had done my little part to make it happen.
When have you been in a business situation where you could have accepted a challenge, done something to contribute or taken the lead on a project–and didn’t? Did you complain about the results? I know it’s hard sometimes to take action when you don’t feel like it. There are times when the fear of failure is real. I know that voting for American Idol is not the same as taking a chance in business. What is the same is knowing that you can contribute to a result. You can take the time to do something when it is important to you instead of doing nothing.